UK Comedy

A Sting in the Tale...

James Conmy | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Comedy
James Conmy

Eventually my name was called and I stood up. Immediately everyone looked at me and tried to guess what I was in for. The receptionist looked smug because she knew. Smug and disgusted.

WATCH: This Dog Is Probably Better At Skateboarding Than You

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Comedy

It's a dog called Dash. On a skateboard. And he bloody loves it... ...

If You Go Down to the Sea Today, You're in for a Big Surprise

Nick Abbot | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Nick Abbot

So gentlemen, can I interest you in forgoing a significant percentage of your personal areas? No? Then don't go swimming in Sweden.

WATCH: The Real Glee Club?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

You'd be forgiven for thinking you'd tuned into the latest episode of Glee Club. Even we admit this is a pretty epic effort.. and a rather impressive ...

Rabbit in the Headlights

Chris Stokes | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Chris Stokes

It often only lasts for the briefest of seconds but every regular stand-up comedy punter will have seen it happen. The moment when all emotion leaves the comedian's face for a split second as they glaze over and you would be forgiven for thinking that they are relishing the notion of killing someone. In fact, the truth is far less sinister. We are buffering.

Top Five Worst Comedians at the Fringe

Harry Deansway | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Harry Deansway

It's getting so bad that last week I saw one comedian telling a reviewer in Brookes Bar that they should review a fellow comedian's fart. Worst of all, the reviewer was writing down what time it would be happening.

Casual Violence Race to Edinburgh

James Hamilton | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Comedy
James Hamilton

It was breakfast time on 2 August when sketch colleagues Casual Violence remembered they were doing the Edinburgh Fringe and really should get up there - as the Edinburgh Fringe this year had rather rudely started without them.

Smells Like Fringe Spirit

David Moon | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Comedy
David Moon

A lot was written and discussed at the end of last year's Edinburgh Fringe about bubbles bursting, audiences voting with their feet and growing resistance to the commercialisation of the fringe.

Bob and Jim's Edinburgh Fringe Survival Kit

Bob Dobson & Jim Beckett | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Bob Dobson & Jim Beckett

Hello, we're Bob and Jim, 'the UK's favourite neo-vaudeville double act'. As seasoned entertainers we understand the importance of lists. Here is a list of essential items we've taken with us from London to Edinburgh this August as we head up to perform our new show, 'Two Stars'.

The Reinstatement of the King of Online Dating

Mark Restuccia | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Mark Restuccia

Right then. I'm on my way to this bloody Scotland thing AGAIN. Hopefully there'll be nobody from the comedy circuit that I find awkward on my train, because I am not in the mood for making small talk.

The Edinburgh Fringe - The Amazing Bubble Man Is... Well... Amazing!

Bill Coles | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Bill Coles

Truth be told, I had no idea you could do quite so many things with a bubble. I thought you just blew them up and then popped them - and if you were any good, then maybe you could make a really big bubble.

7 Pictures Which Prove The Panda Baby Is The New Royal Baby

Posted 11.08.2013 | UK

Edinburgh Zoo has announced that Tian Tian, the world famous panda, could be pregnant. As this earth shattering information slowly ripples around t...

Ten Things I Love About Edinburgh

Matt Lacey | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Matt Lacey

My last post came across as pretty morose, so before my family put me on suicide watch, I thought I'd write about why I bloody love Edinburgh.

James Brown Dog

James Conmy | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Comedy
James Conmy

It was our own fault that we'd had beans for lunch. And supper. In fact it struck me that beans should never have become a campfire staple. As my son continued to sleep-fart it also struck me that essentially we were sleeping in a highly flammable bag filling up with methane next to an open fire. This not being the most relaxing of thoughts - I decided to get up and douse the fire.

Freedom From Fear: Remembering Comedian U Pa Pa Lay

Matt Roper | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Matt Roper

U Pa Pa Lay is dead. According to sources in Burma, the comedian died at 1pm last Friday, 2 August 2013. Three times jailed by the Burmese junta for exercising his right to freedom of expression, one of his most famous jokes was this one:

The Youtube Sensation Who Stole From Patrice O'Neal

Sadaf Fahim | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Sadaf Fahim

In the context of modern standup, a good comic's material comes out of their life experience and represents their analysis of the world. Stealing it means stealing their thoughts, their voice. What theft is more serious than that?

Flyering - Fear, Flirting and Firming

Elaine Miller | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK
Elaine Miller

Well, we're five days in to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and I have learned a few things. Indeed, my learning curve has been so steep I could have done with some crampons...

Edinburgh Fringe 2013, Truly Rich Pickings

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

I enjoy the unexpected nature of shows at the Fringe, as with one walk up the Royal Mile and you could be sold on ten shows you had never even heard of before. The festival is a wonderful chance to take in all types of entertainment, so my advice is to take a chance on the unexpected, you never know what you might discover.

Edinburgh Begins

Matthew Highton | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Matthew Highton

It may not be in existence yet, but one day there will be a very targeted calendar where August has been aptly renamed Edinburgh. This is how a small niche of the country consisting of comedians, actors, performers and varying industry professionals refer to the dying lights of summer.

Marmite Fringe

Matt Lacey | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Matt Lacey

I've been up here for a week, and it's been fun watching the festival take shape; every possible performance space being carved out in the city and open areas transformed with curious shapes such as the notorious upturned purple cow of the Udderbelly. I

Chocolate Is Not Better Than Sex

Carol Tobin | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Carol Tobin

How bad is the sex you're having if some brown foodstuff that you can purchase at a petrol station or in a hospital gift shop is better than some sweaty thigh stiffening human contact?

WATCH: Teacher's Prank On Students Fails Miserably

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

It's tough being a teacher. But even tougher when you try to be really funny and play a prank on your students.. and it goes down like a lead balloon....

Interactive Shows - You Have Nothing To Fear

Doug Segal | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Doug Segal

I perform an award-nominated comedy mind reading show (I Can Make You A Mentalist) which is part comedy sketch show, part mind reading show in which all of the mind tricks are performed by a random audience member and the one of first things potential ticket buyers say to me is "If I come, promise you won't pick on me". I find this mindset worrying...

The Simpsons and Family Guy: A Match Made in Hell

Matt Clough | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matt Clough

It isn't just that Family Guy is a rival series that makes this move so emblematic of The Simpsons' slide. Al Jean, one of the few remaining staff writers who has been with the show from the beginning (albeit off and on), has referred to Family Guy as "derivative", and numerous sly accusations of plagiarism have made their way into recent episodes.

Should TV Cut Back on Cannabis?

Jessica Brown | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jessica Brown

Drugs being normalised on prime time television, you could argue, is harmless. It might not be original, but it's funny, and loads of people smoke cannabis, anyway. On the other hand, you may think it dangerously perpetuates the myths that drug use is entertaining, harmless and that it's no big deal.